Five tips and tricks that teach you to become the best bartender in town, and show you how to make the most money doing so. From jokes to smiles to looking at customers attire, these tricks and tips ensure that the customer has a good time, and pays up!
1. Joke about the price: Make sure you always make a joke about the price. If it’s a free bar, try and charge the guest and watch his reaction. When you eventually tell him you’re joking he’ll be relived and you’ll have created a lasting impression for the evening that could end with a nice tip. If you’re working at a bar that serves drinks at a price, always announce that the customer owes an enormous sum, then once again wait until the opportune moment to tell him that you’re joking. This will make the customer appreciate the value of his drink and encourage to come back to you for more!
2. Treat them as ‘special’: When a customer asks for a drink, always pour slightly less than the amount that your bar traditionally serves, then tell them that ‘specially’ for them you’re going to make this one larger for the same price. They won’t know how much you’re meant to be giving them and they’ll automatically think you’re treating them with special favour, and if you’re lucky, they’ll treat you back with a tip.
3. Smile: Cliche as it may sound, this is the most important tip to becoming a successful bartender. Smiling will make the customer feel happier, but mainly, it will make you feel happier. Working behind a bar is fun, but hours can get on top of you and it is important to stay positive, upbeat and happy. So try and always pour drinks with a smile on your face, it’ll make those hours fly by.
4. Practice: Every barman wants to learn tips and tricks to add some style and flair to your service. Youtube is often the best place to learn these small and easy tricks that contribute greatly to your style, but may people often turn to professional books and classes that are available in every city. Between pouring drinks or whenever you get a quiet moment, practice these tricks behind the bar and work on perfecting them. These tricks are very useful, not only in that they often speed up processes behind the bar, but also they are visual incentives for customers to choose you to serve their drink, not the other bar-tending staff. The more customers you serve, the more tips you’ll get.
5. Look for watches: This tip is an intelligent and sneaky way of making the most money in tips. When you serve your customer a drink, keep an eye on their hand as they take the drink or they pay you. Often a watch tells you a great deal about a customer and you can use this as an indicator on who you want to create a relationship with throughout the night and whose custom you want to win the most. If you want to be really cheeky, pour these individuals slightly more alcohol and make sure they know you’re doing so. Stick to these characters and watch as the tips pour in.